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Aklestad and Olstad regain lead on return route

After a 6 a.m. restart of the Iron Dog 2023 race in Nome Wednesday morning, Tyler Aklestad and Nick Olstad of Team 7, and Casey Boylan and Bryan Leslie of Team 14 were neck-and-neck and trading leads on the way to the first checkpoint.

Aklestad and Olstad lead Iron Dog out of Koyuk

two snow machines

The top team of IronDog 2023 departed Koyuk at about 11:45 a.m. as they moved toward Nome and the halfway point of the snowmachine race. Team 7 of Tyler Aklestad and Nick Olstad left Kotzebue at 7 a.m. this morning in first position.

Aklestad and Olstad lead through Kotzebue, 10 teams scratch from Iron Dog

The top teams departed Kotzebue this morning as they moved forward to Nome and the halfway point of the 2023 Iron Dog snowmachine race. Team 7 of Tyler Aklestad and Nick Olstad started this race in 16th position on Friday, Feb. 17, then moved into first after McGrath where they have held the lead since the evening of Feb. 18.